Ernestine Fu is a technology investor based in San Francisco, California.
She has scaled emerging technology companies for over a decade in sectors ranging from robotics and artificial intelligence to defense technology. As a venture capitalist at Brave Capital, she leads investments in emerging technology startups and supports companies from inception to late-stage scaling. As a global leader, she has worked with international organizations like Hyundai to lead technology development on novel transformer-class vehicles and DBS Bank to advise on innovation and venture debt financing. As an advisor, board director and executive
chairman, she has guided companies on product development, partnerships, growth strategy and M&A.
Participating as active citizens in our democracy is a core belief that Ernestine advocates. After starting a nonprofit to serve the community through music and art, she co-authored “Civic Work, Civic Lessons” with former Stanford Law School Dean Thomas Ehrlich to encourage community engagement with informed moral and civic judgments. She also co-authored “Renewed Energy: Insights for Clean Energy’s Future” with Nobel Prize energy economist John Weyant to guide future government policy and investment strategies for a sustainable energy future. She has served as a board director for nonprofits such as Ad Council and Silicon Valley Leadership
She completed her B.S., M.S., MBA, Ph.D. and postdoc at Stanford University. Her doctoral thesis focused on human operator and autonomous vehicle interactions with system bias and transitions of control. Her work has been published in top-ranked academic conferences hosted by ACM and IEEE. She is an inventor on numerous granted or in-process technology patents.
She is a proud part of a military family.